Cedar Village names three to senior positions

Three people have been appointed to senior positions at Cedar Village Retirement Community in Mason.

Carol Silver Elliott, Cedar Village’s president and chief executive officer, made the following appointments:
* Linton Sharpnack to chief operating officer;
* Rachel Festenstein to director of independent and assisted living;
* Diane Slovin to special events and volunteer manager.

“We are thrilled to have Linton and Diane join Cedar Village and to have Rachel take on a new role,” Elliott said. “We have a strong and dedicated management team and these additions help to make that team even stronger.”

Sharpnack has an extensive experience in the management of hospitals and health care facilities as well as nursing.

At the University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, he served as director of clinical operations, chief nursing officer, director of nursing, clinical coordinator and staff nurse at its Extended Care Campus.

He supervised nurses for the Visiting Nurses Association of Cleveland, worked as president and CEO of PHS Mount Sinai Inc., a 140-bed acute care hospital; and vice president for Edgepark Surgical, a medical equipment provider. He owns Healthy Deposits, which is a health food-nutritional supplement business.

He has a diploma in nursing from the M.B. Johnson School of Nursing, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Lake Erie-Garfield Senior College, a bachelor’s in nursing from Ursuline College and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

Festenstein, who has been affiliated with Cedar Village for nine years, is the new director of the Fountain View and Oak View Apartments at Cedar Village. In addition, she will continue to coordinate social media for Cedar Village. Previously, she served in various roles directing Cedar Village’s marketing and community outreach efforts and coordinating its volunteers and special programs.

Festenstein also has served as the director of the Las Vegas Senior Lifeline and the community relations director for Merrill Gardens at Green Valley Ranch, a retirement community in Henderson, Nevada.

In 2008, the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati gave her its Harris K. and Alice Weston Junior Avodah Award, given to a Jewish community professional who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities.

Slovin was the office and accounting manager for ProKids, a Cincinnati nonprofit that trains volunteers to support foster children; the grant coordinator for the Northeast Community Challenge Coalition; and a trainer and corporate account representative for Sarcom Educational Services.

She served as the president of the board of trustees of Camp Livingston, a Jewish overnight camp in southeast Indiana. She helped to charter — and served as local president of — the National Council of Jewish Women, Business and Professional Branch. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Indiana University.

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